By Adebayo Michael
Governor Dapo Abiodun of Ogun State has signed into law a bill stopping the imposition of rituals during the installation or burial of an Oba.
With the bill now signed into law, Obas in Ogun State can now be installed without the usual seclusion rites known as Ipebi known among many as “orientation camp” for new Oba.
A deceased Oba can also now be buried in accordance with his religion instead of being buried by traditionalists.
Governor Abiodun allegedly defied the agitations of traditional worshippers in Ogun State and signed the bill titled, “Obas, Chiefs, Council of Obas and Traditional Council law of Ogun State Bill 2021” into law.
The Governor reportedly signed the bill on Monday at the Ijebu-Ode residence of the Aujale and Paramount Ruler of Ijebuland, Oba Sikirulahi Adetona, who initiated the bill in June last year.
The Governor said, “this law seeks to improve on the existing Western Region laws or where there had been ambiguity as it relates to how our Kabiyesis will be buried. Henceforth, this law now empowers the families to determine how our Kabiyesis will be buried.”